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>> you are watching al jazerra. i am jonathan in new york. these are the stories that we are following tonight. >> the world will now expect the assad regime to live up to its public commitments. >> deal reached. the plan u.s. and russia have to destroy syria's chemical weapons. a sign of weakness, that's the way some republicans describe today's deal. plus the search for hundreds, the conditions slowing emergency crews in colorado's flash floods. ♪ ♪ >> it was a day of progress in
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international diplomacy overseer ya. russia and the u.s. have reach the deal to rid the country of its chemical weapons. it took three days of talks in gentleman neave, a but u.s. secretary of state john kerry and his russian counterpart say gay lavrov have negotiated a plan it. calls for weapons inspectors to be on the ground in no. syria's entire chemical weapons arsenal is to be destroyed by the middle of 2014 and the u.s. will not change its military position. more from geneva. >> reporter: unlikely partners in diplomacy. russia and the united states say they have agreed a plan to put syria's chemical weapons out of use, john kerry said neither side was under any immaterial lukill lines butallusion butsai. >> the world will expect is sawed to live up to its public commitments. as i said at the outset of these negotiations, there can be no games, no room for avoidance, or
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anything less than full compliance by the assad regime. and what if he doesn't comply? after meetings that went on for three days in geneva, sergei lavrov seems to have achieved russia's goal of watering down the u.s. threat of force. >> in this approach agreed upon there is nothing said about the use of force or about any automatic sanctions. as i said all violations should be approved to the security council convincingly. and we understand the decision that his we have reached today is only the beginning of the road. >> reporter: these are the key points of the u.s. russian plan. syria must submit a form list of its chemical weapons stocks and locations within one week. international inspectors must be allowed to begin their work inside syria by november, the goal is to have eliminated all of syria's chemical weapons by the mid approximately of 2014. neither man could spell out exactly how to achieve such an
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ambitious objective. and in the midst of an active war zone. details, they said, would follow. and it's also clear that any attempt to enforce this plan should the assad government fail to comply could become so bogged down at the security council where, of course, russia has a veto that any threat of u.s. force has become almost meaningless. the deal in geneva has not gone down well with syria's opposition. >> and we think that the russians and the syrian regime are playing games to waste time and to win time for the criminal regime in damascus. we think that our friends in the western countries and the united states know exactly the main goal of the russian administration, they are trying to find a solution for the regime in damascus, the majority regime. >> reporter: as syrians continues to die in dozens each
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day by conventional force, the promise to remove chemical weapons from the battlefield will not shift the ballot ground. but a wider peace conference just might and that's something now being discussed off the back of the negotiations in geneva. perhaps the greater achievement of these talks has been to bring russia and the united states together on syria. after two and a half years apart. jonah hull, al jazerra, geneva. >> there has been strong rea, to this deal fa both sides of the aisle here in u.s. a report from washington. >> reporter: president obama called secretary of state john kerry in geneva to congratulate him on the diplomatic breakthrough after the president received a briefing from his national security advisor, susan rice. the president also issued a written statement in which he welcomed these developments but also warned if diplomacy fails the united states remains prepared to act. those words reinforced by a statement from the pentagon saying that the u.s. force
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posture in the region remains unchanged at this point in time. there has been mixed reaction from capitol hill, some democratic leaders reacting positively to the framework agreement. but two prominent republican senators, sen tonight john mccain and senator lindsay game are blasting it. they are saying it is an act of provocative weakness, which willam boldin iran in its quest for nuclear weapons. they go onto say that vladimir putin and bashar assad are leading the u.s. down a diplomatic blind alley and that assad will continue to delay and deceive in their words. they maintain that this agreement does nothing to address the underlying problem of the conflict in syria. which has cost more than 100,000 lives and created an enormous refugees problem. there will undoubt lid be more reaction positive and negative on the sunday talk shows.
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>> some rebel groups in syria are begin to join forces against assad. but many remain fragmented. >> reporter: celebrating the merger, opposition fighters have joined forces against president bashar al-assad's troops in northern syria. >> the merger is the main demand of all fight nurs fighters in s. we need to be united. >> reporter: these are fighters from the brigade sent to support other factions. the group has been instrumental in making rebel gains in the north over the last two years. >> the merger under unified command, by doing this we will be able tokes panned our reach and have a bigger military role. >> reporter: the general is the commander of the free syria ar
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army. he's seen here on the frontline his job is to bring the fighters under one command. this is his biggest challenge. fighters from the front, annal qauda off shoot, black listed by the u.s. and the fighters say their goal is to establish an islamic state after the down fall of president assad's regime. the free syrian army is distancing itself but has no way to control them. trying to reach out to the groups, the most powerful group have failed. they describe the free syrian army as a gathering of war lor lords. but one thing that most rebels agree on is that damascus is where the most decisive bat is yet to take place.
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they are controlled by this group. they initially joined the free syrian army but on the ground they remain largely independent. for the time being, units like this one prefer to launch attacks on their own. in this case, the army garrison. but rebels know that their final push to capture damascus and force assad out of power play never take place if they remain fragmented. al jazerra. >> a fifth person is presumed dead as the call for evacuations intensifies in flood-rav i believed colorado. the latest victim believed to be a 60-year-old woman from the town of cedar grove. that's according to information tweeted by the larimer county sheriff's office earlier today. it has yet to be confirmed. four people have already died from flash floods and now the
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national guard is stepping up effort to his rescue the stranded. they issued this warning leave now or prepare for a month without electricity. meanwhile, colorado's governor and a congressional de delegatin boarded helicopter to his survey the damage. following the tour governor hickenlooper focused his message on efforts to rebuilt. >> what we all agree to is we will come back and rebuild better than it was before and that as a community we'll come out stronger after this storm than we were before. >> herb ahs-har is live in boulder, update us with the latest. what's going on tonight? >> reporter: good i can, jonathan, mother nature has been a formidably ahead very air this week, residents have endured downpours dumping more than 4 billion gallons of rain waterr over the area. impacting 15 communities and endured close to 150 road
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closures, rescuers as you mentioned say it's now time to get out. rescue efforts are in full force. ins tense identified effortintee people trapped for days. the roads are not just blocked but gone. >> we have people calling for help. we had entire community that his we couldn't reach. very frustrating situation for our first responders, you know, and all of our staff. >> reporter: boulder municipal airport has become the command center for air rescues. there has been a steady flow of military aircraft coming in and out of the airstrip. much of the efforts are focused on stranded the restless kent in more isolated mountain communities and searching for those still unaccounted for. a team of at least 400 has assembled here to carry out search and rescue operations about, a dozen chinook and blackhawk helicopters are taking
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to the sky to airlift residents to saver ground. >> the bottom line the process work, we get a call, go out and get them with our character and our resources here. >> reporter: in some of the areas hit the hardest, there is no electricity and no cell phone service making it hard for account for dozens of people. whole mountain communities have been cut off by rushing water. within an hour, the houses were just crumbling off of the mountain side. and people's entire lives, everything that they owned, just fell off a mountain in to a river and down. >> reporter: others who escaped with the help of rescue workers are hoping to be reunited with family members who already gotten out. >> our family and friends have been worried sick i want to give them the biggest hug in the world and it makes you realize like how fragile life can be. and you never know if you are going to be given a tomorrow. >> reporter: and more rain is coming. forecasts indicate at least another day of rainfall that could once again limit the critical aerial operations, officials say it could be days before the rescue operations are
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completed. and months before people can return to rebuild. and jonathan, the silver lining in what has been a very difficult week for residents may come in the form of forecaster redicks that the rainfall may subside early this week, but before that happens they are bracing for at least one more day of bad weather. jonathan. >> not the best news tonight. ahs-har how long do expect the aerial rescue to his last this evening? >> reporter: bethey have been going strong since this morning, there were a couple of delays this afternoon when they had problems of visibility. a little bit of rainfall but nothing too bad. they said they will continue through the night as long as weather permits and visibility is good and no rainfall they'll keep trying it find more people. >> thank you. as mentioned there, the key is no more heavy rain but sadly storms in the forecast. let's return to remember a ca no more on that. that. >> right now the colorado area
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are get thunder storages, where we determine the difference between a shower and a thunderstorm, clearly a thunderstorm has a lot more energy wrapped up in it. and will dump very heavy rainfall as much as a half an inch to an inch an hour. showers tend to be a lighter amount and we are getting certainly a large number of the showers. but when the thunderstorms pop, we are seeing them happen right over the rockies and that is what's running right down in to the streams and creeks that are already flooding right know. in fact, record flooding this. right here is a hide graph and this particular one is the north he can fork of the big thompson river which has had major flooding going on for the last three days, note that the blue line goes with a steady rise all wait up to 10 and a half feet. that just exceeded the record flood mark. we have that on also not platt refer, mean surges of water are coming down the mountain and
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hitting the peak of the flood area and go down a little bit and then rise up again that's happening because the nature of the showers keep coming and going and coming and going. so we'll continue to see areas of flooding, flood warnings in effect. flash flood warnings will pop up according to when the showers hit. i'll have the forecast for when the two rounds of rain come through, coming up, john. >> it's not over yet. thanks, rebecca. president obama is scheduled to address the nation from the white house rose garden on monday. he'll be marking the fifth anniversary of the collapse of lehman brothers and the start of the financial crisis. he's also expected to highlight his handling of the economy. at least 35 people are hurt after a greyhound bus drove off an ohio interstate. the detroit-bound bus rolled to its side in a cornfield near cincinnati. six passengers were flown by helicopter to a hospital. authority have his not said what caused the crash. seaside parks and seaside heights new jersey haven't been able to look way from the charred debris of their beloved
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boardwalk, dozens of businesses rebuilt from hurricane sandy are now gone. but new jersey governor chris consist i promises to rebuild as he comfort the the community. he visited the boardwalk sroeug the statvowingthe state will he. >> we have businesses to repair and rebuild. but in the context of what we have been through already, much smaller, much more containable. and i think much more attainable for us in a relatively shorter period of time. we had two days for feel sad about it and it's legitimately a sansad thing but we have work to now. a couple of days to mourn and now get to work. >> just repairing the boardwalk could cost over a million dollars. and that does not include the businesses that burned. christy said he will also ask for federal help. investigates are stilinvestigatg to identifying figure out what started the fight. it's been more than a year and a half since that ship crashed along the italian coast killing
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32. it weighs more than 100,000 tons and it's going to take 500 people 12 hours to roll it over and toe it away. it is the biggest attempt of its kind. the operation is costing estimated $800 million. jewish people around the world are ab observing the day of atonement. in which observers attend temple services and for forgiveness for their sins and fast for 24 hours. holiday caps the end of the high holy days that began 10 days ago with the jewish new year. a louisiana community is on alert. >> i don't know if we should drain the pool, fill it back up, you know, after they say the water is okay. but, then again, is the withoutr okay? >> big concerns after a rare brain-eating pair side is discovered in the water supply. and suzuki is announcing a recall, which models are effected when we return on al jazerra.
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>> welcome back. a 6-day standoff in the southern fill fines has intensified in spiespite of the plans to begin talks today. separatists have been holding hospital six, members of the national liberation front have been setting off bombs and burning homes to slow the advancing troops. nearly 200 civilians in several communities have been held hostage, at least 56 people have died and over 60,000 were forced to flee their homes since the standoff began. riot police swept thousands of striking teachers out of mexico city today using tear gas and water cannons, little force end a three-week protest against
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education reforms, here is more. >> reporter: the beginning of the end of a month-long practice test. thousands of riot police cleared mexico's historic central plaza on friday. their move was steady, quick, and efficient. in the lead-up to the confrontation, many wielding makeshift weapons had said they would stand their ground. >> we will not let them take the plaza way from us, the plays is ours, it belongs to the people. >> reporter: but the police had given the teachers an ultimatum. leave peacefully or be removed by force. we spoke to one of the leaders of the movement before the police swept in. >> we are in civil disobedience because the laws were imposed, they are unjust laws, they are reforms that do not talk into account the opinions of teachers and parents. >> reporter: the clock was running out for the teachers. mexico kicks off independence day celebration on his sunday at the plaza and the government promised celebrations would take
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place. the teachers mainly from poor southern states had descended on the capital to block the president's education reforms. teachers in mexico often hold strikes and sit ins to win pay raises and benefits, when the law was finally enacted they promised to have it repealed. they were particularly opposed to teacher evaluations. a first step they said to school privatization. the president go ahead teachers need to do a better job of educating mexican children the push didn't end. after being pushed out of the main plaza hundreds of teachers spread across the city center and thousands of riot police deployed across the capital to try to get them out. despite the weeks of protests police had been hesitant to use force to dislodge the teachers. mexico has a history of massacres as protests. the operation could be a win-win for both the eachers and government. the teachers can say they didn't
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back down and the police can say they showed restraint. once the teachers regroup, they'll have to decide whether to return to their classes or keep up their fight against the government. adam, al jazerra, mexico city. >> recalling nearly 200,000 cards and suvs because of a problem with an air bag censor. the recall includes. no injuries have been reported and owners will be located next month. a rare brain-eating a 1 ameba hs been discovered in the water supply. >> shane, lets concentrate here on this little area. is this good for you right here. jeff had been sprucing up the yard for weeks. >> let's see if i can't pull some of them. >> reporter: after all he's
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expecting the whole family. >> sunday we are having a big blowout here if my dad. the whole family 50 people will be here swiming in my swimming pool. >> reporter: but he and his wife may have to pull the plug on the plan. >> we have nieces and nephews, i have three grandkids, you know, i don't know if i want them to go swimming. >> reporter: thursday the centers for disease control nounsed the st. enter mart water perish supplies testing positive for the deadly a mean a they increased testing after a four-year-old boy died last month after contracting at mean awhilcontracting theameba whilep and side. >> we put more chlorine in the system and decreased at moan i can't level which allows more of a disinfectant. >> reporter: accord to the centers for disease control, the ameba, commonly called the brain-eating ameba, is usually found in warm bodies of water, it's not clear how it entered the perish system, but doctors say it can't be contracted just by drinking water.
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>> the organism has to get through the nose and get to the brain. once it gets to the brain it causes a lot of inflammation. that inflammation usually within the first five days will result in some fever, headaches, stiff neck. >> reporter: federal health officials stress the infections are very rare, only about 120 cases in the u.s. since the 1960s. the big concern is that almost every one resulted in death. parrish leaders say it could take weeks to insure the ameba is killed by the chlorine treatments. until then, they are urging people to avoid getting the water in their nose. >> i would at this time take precautions. i would not allow unsupervised use of sprinklers, hoses or slip and sides. >> reporter: for jeff and terry it's just another setback. >> we get let with blows, katrina, b.p. oil spills, now this. >> i don't know about swimming i really don't. i don't know if we should drain the pool, fill it back up after they say the water is okay.
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but then again is the water okay? >> if i have any doubt about this pool not being safe, no one will go in. >> reporter: for now they'll avoid the water until they have assurance that the ameba is out. ben, al jazerra, louisiana. >> from louisiana to ho hawaii authorities are also warning swim toers stay out oswimmers te ocean after a m mo missour mo ls spill. nearly 1400 thousands of mo losses leaked in to the huh are boo when a pipe used to lea loat onto a ship cracked. michael joins us now with sports and news on college football's big game of the year. >> it was definitely billed that way as far as excite and intrigue go it lived up to the hype. it's top ranked alabama holds off number six texas a & m49-42
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in college station despite five touchdown pass buys johnny manziel. the win by the crimson tied a advantage home loss to the ago is last season, off the field news in college football. oklahoma state university's president says the school will conduct its own investigation in to possible rules violations bite football program that were originally alleged in a series of reports by sports illustrate third degree week. a some of the a reynolds violations include cash payments for players as well as academic fraud. and we are just hours away from the most anticipated boxing match of the year when undefeated floyd mayweather, jr. meets undefeated canelo al alvaz at the m g.m. grand in las vegas, mayweather long considered the best pound for pound boxer in the world could wake way from $41 million thanks to a pay-per-view buy of more than 2.5 million homes. seventy-five dollars for hd. that's a look at your sports
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headlines rights now coming up in 20 minutes, thole, we'll heal hear from both fighters. a lot of people talking about that fight. thanks, michael. still ahead, crews in colorado are still scrambling to help those stranded by massive floods, a report on the progress is just ahead. and it is official, the voyager satellite left our solar system, we'll talk to scientist about how incredible of a feat that is after the break. money. victoria azarenko
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>> welcome back, i an jonathan betz. here are the top stories tonight, diplomatic progress between two unlikely partners, russia and the u.s. secretary of state john kerry and russian foreign minister sergei lavrov agreed on ideal that would rid syria of its stockpile of chemical weapons. a fifth person is presumed dead as the call for evacuations intense identified in floods-ravaged colorado. four dead confirmed. today they stepped up efforts to rescue stranded and issued another evacuation order, the governor boarded helicopter held surveyed the massive damage, a predicted surge in flooding and more heavy rain is expected later tonight. with more on this story, let's go out to ahs-har.
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more storms coming, what are authorities preparing for. >> reporter: officials we talked say they are racing against time. using the opportunities of the lulls in the weather to make the aerial runs, you know, sometimes it's more difficult with the weather to get up there. there is visibility problems so they want to get to as many pimas possible. they say they will continue to do that today and in to tonight until the weather prevents them from doing that. so that's really what is happening at this point, jonathan. >> tell us about what crews are facing tonight here. you mentioned earlier the rescue helicopters would continue operating through the evening? >> reporter: correct. they say that they can do night runs as well. and last what we are seeing, you know, there are people up in these very remote mountain us area that his want to get out. some have been surprise bide the flash flood warnings the weather could turn, they expect another day of rainfall.
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there were flash flood warnings earlier today and thankfully the rainfall numbers weren't as high as expec expected which gave the opportunity to more forward. we folk spo*ebg to a coupl spokr that talked about the rainfall and water gushing in their backyard. >> this is incredible. i mean, i live like a block over and this is my bac backyard, its incredible. it looks like the mississippi. >> the bridge was knocked out in two spots. so i guess it's out of commission for a little while. >> yeah. we ride our bikes over there and there is no ride ago a bike over there anymore. >> reporter: it's a story we have been hearing from residents all over the place, talking about the creeks and how the creeks have basically become rushing rapids, rivers basically and just hoping that they don't rise any further we are anymore rainfall, jonathan. >> talk about that missing number that we have, more than 100 people unaccounted for from
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these floods. what are authorities saying about that? do they pictures that number to rise? >> reporter: well, the big problem has been communication. there are areas that have been out of power, out of cell service. and they are hoping that the number of unaccounted, never not saying missing, they are saying they are unaccounted for. they do expect that the possibility is there that the death toll will rise from five where it stands right now, but right now they are still looking for those people and trying to get in touch with them in any way that they can. they are doing surveillance runs as well going into the more far-flung areas going door to door to figure out whether or not the unaccounted for people are still in their homes waiting for rescuers to get to them. >> more storms are on the way. ah-har live in boulder. thank you. >> back to syria. outrage on the agreement on how to handle the chemical weapons. >> reporter: chief rebel commander was rather furious. he said syrian opposition felt betrayed by the international
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community who appears to have used the blood of syrians nearly as a bridge to lay its hands on the chemical weapons stockpiles owned by the bashar al-assad regime. he said they simply cannot trust the russian leadership. >> and we think that the russians and the syrian regime are playing games to waste time and to win time for the criminal regime in damascus. we think that our friends in the western countries and the united states know exactly the main goal of the russian administration, they are trying to find a solution for the majority regime in damascus. >> reporter: the general says this position does not put them at logger heads with the united states, he said they will continue talking to the u.s., but that washington simply cannot expect them to accept this agreement. and a very important statement by the chief rebel commander in
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istanbul saying they have no plans or intention to his obstruct the work of any u.n. inspectors or investigators that will be sent to syria according to this new agreement. >> meantime, refugees also continued to stream out of syria by the hundreds. three boats carrying more than 800 people were intercepted off italy's coast last night. the coast guard said one boat carrying mostly women and children was found sinking. everyone on board was rescued, the united nations estimates 3,000 refugees have arrived in italy since august. and the united nations childrens emergency fund says that children are paying the biggest price in syria. to talk more about this we return now to kate donovan to find out more and why. she's a speaks woman for uncief, thank you for being here, we appreciate it. >> thank you. >> talk about how children are being impacted by the we're. >> the war is tearing their lives apart. we are talking about there are 3 million children in syria right now whose lives are completely thrown apart by this war. so their schools are closed or
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they are being occupied by people who are displaced. they have extreme poverty because their parents possibility to earn money has been thwarted obviously. and a million children have had to flee for their lives to other countries to lebanon, to egypt, to turkey, to iraq. it's a terrible situation for the children. >> we have seen the heartbreaking pictures of the thousands of people leaving the country and swarming those refugees camps. what are you seeing in those camps? how bad are the conditions and what is most needed? >> the conditions in the camps obviously are really difficult. very challenging. the primary things that we need to make sure is that there is good water and sanitation. and that proper nutrition is being delivered to these kids. it's really critical the water and the clean sanitation because otherwise the children are very vulnerable to disease and disease in a place like a refugees camp can take off pretty easily. so one of the things that we are doing are delivering immunization campaigns. >> and i think you guys are also
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focusing on education, because oftentimes we tend to lose sight of this when you are talking about life or death. but when i think it's something one out of every five schools in syria has been destroyed. >> correct. >> and you guys are now trying to help these kids continue with their education. >> right. >> in an incredibly difficult circumstances. >> we are not saying back to school, we are saying back to learning. maybe back to school is almost too much to expect because also as you said 3,000 schools have been completely decimate mate dd another thousand school occupied. we are setting up tent schools whenever those i believe. delivering at the very least a safe space where kids can stay and be a little bit protected. we have setting up these tent schools also extensively in lebanon, in turkey, and in other areas where the children have had to flee to. >> because long-term, what is the effect here? how traumatizing is this for these young children? how much of a scar does it leave? >> it's hard to say. kids are incredibly resilient. so if this doesn't go a too much
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longer, if we can find some kind of at thi diplomatic solution te problem, there is always hope for children. that's the amaze thing about amt them. >> they can bounce back. >> thank you so much. >> thank you for being in tonight, reappreciate it, kate donovan. >> thank you. >> stay with al jazerra and for continuing cough river. warcoverage of the war. the number of people leaving cuba is near a 20-year high despite government efforts to improve economy. many of the are coming to the united states in search of opportunities. teresa has more from huh van 56789 she is ready to leave cuba for good. she has not seen her daughters in four years, both live in the united states. >> i have sold everything i own. my house, my car, my daughters have work in the u.s. it hurts to leave my land. >> reporter: government figures show that almost 50,000 cubans
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migrated permanently in 2012. the largest annual figgins is 1994. after what international observers dubbed the rafter crisis. for decades cubans have tried to leave the country using all sorts of ways this, beach, for example, is where thousands of rafters used to come to sail to the united states. but earlier this year, the government lifted most of the restrictions for leaving the country freely. now, it's much easier and less expensive for people here to travel and to return once they immigrate. most cubans choose to my great to the united states, where they are granted ready residence resy even if they enter illegally. views a have been extended from six months to five years allowing them to make multiple u.s. visits. >> in five years you go go and commas many times as you want.
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my sister lost her doubter and i want to go and visit. it's not like in the past when you left and could not return. both sides are making it easier. >> reporter: many of those leaving are young and educated. a problem for a government that is facing a demographic crisis. where fewer young people have to support a growing older population. >> the situation now is different than in the past because people are leaving with visas. they are not rafters, those who are leaving are educated, the only way to prevent this is by improving the economic situation here. >> reporter: and that's what the government is trying to do. they have announced a series of economic reforms to modernize and adapt the soviet style economy to current times. but until people see the real benefits, the tide will carry people towards the u.s. al jazerra, havana. >> one of america's great lakes, lake erie is being suffocated by a toxic algae, it's deadly to
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animals and having a serious impact on the lake's $10 billion a year tourist industry. john reports. >> reporter: laklake erie is choking, an expanding under water forest of the toxic algae is suffer indicating the lake. >> reporter: it ilake. >> it is out of control and little is being done, it's toxic to most animals in large concentrations so fish, et cetera will try to avoid it. and so it's just like a gooey, green slime. without much benefit to it the natural system. and so it just all di decays, et cetera. it's totally disgusting. >> reporter: fertilize north america's richest farmland washed into the water has over fed the algae. each summer it blocks, sucking up precious oxygen, closing beaches, reducing fish and a $10 billion a year tourist
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industry. it's growing and growing worse. >> even on the beaches and that you see it rolling over and it's just foot deep of algae, i mean, you didn't see that before. i mean, you see a little layer on top, you know, now it's getting thicker and thicker and more seaweed-y like. >> reporter: this is the best vantage point to get a look at the algae problem from 1500 feet you can see two years ago algae covered 1/6 of the lake, this year is the second worst. farmers have worked to reduce run off, but with farms growing more productive, researc researo test the water saying the problem is worse and solutions miles an hour illusive. >> i don't think you'll ever get rid of it 100 percent completely. i think that, you know, we have an awful lot of runoff. >> reporter: y waear eerie was threatened once in the 1960s when sewage and industrial waste earned it the anything him the dead see.
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the river that feeds river caught fire and now a multi billion dollars clean up project saved the lake this, time biologists say there is no obvious solution. bit by bit a growing expanse of green strangles the lake that is its home. john, al jazerra, high over lake erie. >> this week nasa confirmed the voyager one space probe became the first man-made object to ever lead the sole or system but it's hard to fathom the epic measurement of this achievement so we tried to put this in to perspective for you. so if we start at the sent of our university universe, the sue earth which is only 150 million miles and the voyager one has spent the last 36 years traveling spapblts of outraveling span of ourwall andl going. the probe has traveled so far that a message sent back to earth at light speed takes 17 hours to deliver. earlier al jazerra spoke with an astro biologist experience who
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explained the significance of this achievement. >> voyager one not only explode planets like jupiter and saturn, it's now probing the great beyond. the cosmic environments of our galaxy. and voyager will be there long after we are gone. it will continue away from our solar system and for billions of years expect it to orbit around in our galaxy. it may be our best chance at eternity. >> and our thanks again to kaleb sharp for breaking down the journey of voyager one. still ahead on al jazerra, they are called crazy ants and there is a good reason why, the problems these insects are krausing in louisiana, that's ahead. and the biggest game of the college football season so far is in the record books, michael east will up data on alabama and texas a & m after the break.
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sachin asked the indian media not to put too much pleasure pressure on the teenager. >> my son started his career. it's a humble request if he can live his life like a normal 14-year-old without thinking of anything other than falling in love with the sport. (applause) >> some footsteps to follow in. more on the website. check it out. all the details. get in touch with us on twitter
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and facebook. plenty more from me later, but that is the sport for now. >> thank you. stay with us on al jazeera. another full bulletin of news is ahead with julie mcdonald, who will be in london for us. for now, goodbye.
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>> they arrived in houston on ships from south america a decade ago. and they are called crazy ants for their erratic movements, but they are causing a lot of damage. especially in louisiana. al jazerra's stephanie reports. >> reporter: these aunts are the latest pest problem along the gulf coast. they are called crazy ants. also raspberry ants for the best role operator that found the species in houston, they travel in massive cruster massive clusn erratic movements hence the word crazy, she moved her louisiana company to a new offers two weeks ago to get away from the aunts, but these fast-traveling inning second followed her across the street.
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jerry howard of the university of new orleans says the raspberry ant came from south america to texas by ship in 2002 and they keep moving. >> they are capable of having hundreds of thousands of workers, it's very difficult to get a bead to a single colony and treat it so that you kill it. >> reporter: dr. howard says the ants establish colonies, not in above ground mounds but hidden under. the raspberry crazy ant is in 25 counties in texas. it's at the infestation level in louisiana and parts of mississippi all wait to the florida panhandle and pest management experts say it's only going to get worse. >> we have to be very careful where we park they run across the dashboard. >> reporter: henry has been battling the raspberry crazy ant for his two years and has seen them take over entire homes and business is. >> it was from the floor, the
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walls, the ceiling, everything. >> reporter: the ants are annoying, but they don't sting and are harmless to humans. however, they pray on other insects. >> one of the things that people are noticing is that when raspberry crazy apts move in to an area they tend to consume so much food that fire ant colonies tend to sash. >> reporter: howard says the ants can an are have a devastating effect on bees. while the environment impact is a concern, he tells people to use liquid insect side on at perimeter of homes and not to panic. >> wait until they head to your neighbor's house, i am sure nobody wants to hear something like that, but unfortunately, these ants are going to be with us for a while. >> reporter: there is no real solution to the problem at this time. but winter should at least slow down the raspberry crazy ant. stephanie boswell, al jazerra, thibodeau, louisiana.
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>> from crazy ant to his sports with michael eaves, big day in college football today. >> a lot of revenge involved in the game. as appease today what happened last year. last season rather unexpectedly texas a & m's upset win over bam in tuscaloosa became college football as game year and catapulted johnny manziel to the front of the heisman trophy race, so this year the game moves to college station, texas with the crimson tide again ranked number one, the ag aggies coming in at number circumstance alabama had con 15 straight games away from home the longest streak in the country. the aggies scored on the first two drives of the game and went up 14-0. manziel 250 yards of offense in the first half. burr the tide would find its rhythm on offense and score 35 unanswered points, a stretch that included three touchdown
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passes from aj mccarran, who would finish with four touchdowns and 334 yards. and that stretch also included the play of the game. manziel drops back deep, the ball is tipped it. he's intercepted by safety vinny, and then he would return it 75 yards for the score. it was the second interception thrown by manziel in the game. both of them came in alabama territory. and despite 464 passing yards and five touchdowns from the reigning heisman trophy winner, alabama wince it 49-42. that's the most points the alabama defense has ever given up since nick saban has been head coach. 59, it's golf's magical number. and it's only five players that ever post aid sub60 score in pga history until jim furyk became the sixth player to do it yesterday during the second rounds of the bmw championship, which is the third leg of the tour's fedex cup. so what would furyk do today for an encore?
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third round action from cog till golf course just outside chicago. now tiger woods who has never shot 59, he has won five times at the course, though, he birdied six out of the seven holes at one point to get within two shots of the lead. but a late bogey really took the steam out of his round although he shot a 5 under 66 to remain in striking distance at 9 under par. now, back to furyk. he struggled early in this round before find something momentum with three birdies during a 5-hole stretch that him atop the leader board thanks to a two number under 69 good enough for a one-stroke lead after 54 holes. now, he has that lead over steve striker. furyk, by the way, seeking his second fedex cup championship. former fedex cup champion brent snedeker is two shots off the lead with tiger woods four shots off the pace. two of the previous five players to shoot 59 on the tour failed to win the tournament. after years and years of haggling between floyd mayweather and manny pacquaio,
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box is fans instead had to settle for mayweather faking next can sensation canelo alvarez. although using the word settle is probably selling tonight's bought short considering that both fighters enter tonight's clash with undefeated records. al jazerra's darren haines sets the stage for the fight of the year. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: meet the champion. floyd mayweather, jr. at 36, he is widely considered to be the greatest boxer of his era. winning world titles in five different weight classes. to say that mayweather has donald nates boxing would be an under statement. as he comes in to it the fight with a 44-0 record. flashy, outspoken and never one to shy away from the cameras, mayweather knows how to drum up hype for a fight. >> this is an event. you know, being the best, going out as a legend, going out as an icon, that motivates floyd mayweather. >> reporter: and then there is the challenger. canelo alvarez, a 23-year-old
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quiet fight briefs mexico fights known for power and strength he is the currents wbc, wba champ with a record of 42-0. many believe that he could be the toughest opponent mayweather harassed seen in years. >> i am not coming to make a good fight, i am coming win. >> reporter: besides canelo another person certain of his victory say form fear i have-time champ oscar de los dea who is also his promoter. de la hoya has his own history with mayweather, losing a huge fight to him in 2007. so it's no surprise he's mentoring the underdog. >> millions of people believe him. they believe he will win. and that's the difference with every other fight that may weathers hear been involved with. when he fight victor ortiz, robert, when he fought a lot of his opponents, they didn't believe that they were going to win. people believe that canelo is going to win.
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>> reporter: do you believe he's going to win? >> i believe i know he's going to win. >> reporter: canelo grew up in a small town outside guadalajara the youngest of ag eight childrn and boxing was in his blood. all of his six brothers box in the proses but canelo went to becomes mexico's pride and joy. >> he's kind of like chavez, sr. in his prime. you know. people the world loves him over because he was such a devastating puncher, serious when it came to his straining, his craft, but a likable human being outside the ring, that's the type of person that he is. >> i have always said that i have never fought at my potential 100 percent, my rivals haven't been able to bring that out of my i but i think floyd with ill and i will fight to my true potential and they will see that saturday night. >> reporter: others see canelo as being too younged and experienced to take on one of the best fighters of all time. >> i am ready for this. and even though i might be
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young, i have a lot of experience. and i am ready for this. that's the reason why i asked for the fight. that's why i was looking for the fight. i want this fight. i am ready. >> i have been in there with guys that punch hard, guys that box good, and i am one individual that can make adjustments. you know, it's about making adjustments. and, you know, i have been here before. so i know what it takes when it's a fight of this magnitude, you know, staying focused, be first and listen to my father. >> now, interesting note, jonathan, about this match, floyd may weather is gover guard to make $41 million. if the pay-per-view numbers reach a record 2.5 million buys it could push his approximate fours $50 million. >> just from this one fight? >> jet one. >> people are paying. >> they are. >> america tonight starts at the top of the hour, but after a quick break your weather forecast with rebecca seven
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stop, stay with us.
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>> high temperatures were very cool foo a lot of our northern cities today. we had some cool air filter in
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the last few days and it took the humidity down too. temperatures stayed very warm in parts of the south. we got to 103 again in phoenix. and quite warm for parts of texas, who is going to get influence ed by some tropical storms and hurricanes going on from mexico. we'll get to that. first let's look at where we are going tomorrow. another comfortable day in western washington, western oregon, we do have a morning start to some low clouds but they ever been breaking up to give you a little sunshine. we've got a cold front that's going to be coming down through the day tomorrow. keeping things cool for the northern plains in fact, if you look at the color, the greenish color that slant dows down frome new york area, down across minneapolis, chicago, that's the line of this front that will be moving through. the problem is, is this front is also going to get more showers and thunderstorms going through the southwest. so for what expect tomorrow, look at 76 for seattle with a little sun breaking through. staying cool where we have that flooding in denver.
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the radar and the clouds so the swirl of showers and thunderstorms for the southwest. but tonight we are getting a good swath of rain coming across parts of minnesota and in to why why. no why, that's th why why. the winds will change to more of a northeast easterly direction for colorado that means that the air will go directly in to the rockies. lift up and dump more rain for you where you already have the flood event. so we are very concerned about this, because today mainly we are just getting some scattered showers and thunderstorms with not a lot of moisture in them for colorado. it's tomorrow that we'll get a good dose of some of the showers being much, much heavier. so you can see where they are right now wrapping through parts of new mexico and arizona, and you can see in this particular zone that we are concerned about, you've got more rain on the way and we'll continue the flooding event.
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welcome to al jazeera. i'm jonathan betz. here's the top stories this hour. a day of progress over international diplomacy in syria. russia and the u.s. reached a deal to rid the country of its chemical weapons. it took three days of talks in geneva. john kerry and his russian counterpart sergei lavrov have negotiated a plan. sear's entire arsenal is to be secured or destroyed by the middle of 2014. the pentagon says it will not change the position. a fifth person is presumed dead as the call for evacuations intensifying in


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